I hope that the weather conditions are kinder to us this year.
Last year the new Sprint Series with short races was popular and has been retained. The programme follows last years pattern but there is an additional annual away day to support inter club racing for the Mid Thames Trophy, at Desborough Sailing Club this year.
During the Open weekend, by request, we plan to include some short races as part of the fun for visitors.
Every four years there is a revision to the sailing rules; the new rules come into effect on the 1st of April. The main changes involve starting and tie breaking (the existing rules can give ambiguous results).
The foot & mouth epidemic is having a bad effect on sailing clubs; over 30 clubs have stopped operations including Queen Mary, Datchet and Bewl Water. This could effect our sailing programme.
I have been concerned at the river flow during the winter but I am encouraged that Bryan Clements managed to sail in early March.